This post is about the Russian composer, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich. He lived from September 25 1906 to August 9 1975. He had a taste for ciggarettes and vodka and refused to give either up, even later in life when it was thought to be a life threatening health risk. While most other composers at the time were exploring new musical areas/ideas with relative freedom, Dmitri was in a very different situation. Stalin was in power and was not to fond of new music. Several of Shostakovichs contemporaries were killed for making such sounds. He was forced to write within certain confines for his own safety throughout most of his life. Certain early compositions were not performed until much later in his life because of the risk. Despite all this Shostakovich still wrote some great music during his life.
He also looked a lot like Harry Potter.
These are some of his string quartets. The second movement of #8 is especially bass heavy and, like the right of spring, totally would work as a metal song.